Re: MD quality religion

From: Wim Nusselder (
Date: Sun Mar 14 2004 - 20:28:38 GMT

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    Dear Platt,

    I have never been much aware of 'Quaker aesthetics'. I guess it rhymed with
    my Calvinist background when I got to know Quakers, so I never needed to
    become much aware of it as a change of perspective.

    I'm not sure if what what you mean with it (14 Mar 2004 09:14:16 -0500) is
    the same as what I take it to be.

    Quakers have a history of denial of the Arts as distracting from God and
    godly activities. This started as a protest against excess and ostentatious
    superfluity and developed into a 'testimony of simplicity'. According to
    some out of it grew a sense for a sober beauty.
    Nowadays we view the Arts as a manifestation of rather than as a distraction
    from God, but the inclination to simplicity stays.

    With friendly greetings,


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